Five Wicklow soccer clubs are to take part in the McDonald’s Football Association of Ireland (FAI), Future Football programme, which was launched this week by Ireland international John O’Shea.
Wolfe Tone AFC and Arklow United who took part last year and new additions Ardmore Rovers, Carnew and Wolfe Tone AFC will take part in a range free coaching workshops.
Future Football is a programme designed to encourage the participation of boys and girls in sport, support grassroots football clubs and enhance the work they do at local level.
The programme will deliver free coaching workshops to 600 grassroots coaches nationwide, which will deliver best practice for the coaching of Small Sided Games (4 vs. 4 and 7 vs. 7), aimed at developing skills in young players. Boys and girls (under 8, under 9 and under 10) will participate in a range of exciting Future Football events that will be rolled out over the coming months.
McDonald’s FAI Future Football events to take place in 2014 include 24 community Fun Days to be held in 24 locations around Ireland, supported by McDonald’s. A Future Football competition will also take place, with winners from the regional final days to participate in the McDonald’s Cup Final, which will be held in the Aviva Stadium in October 2014.
In 2013, the McDonald’s FAI Future Football programme generated more than 35,000 additional hours of activity for over 4,000 children participating in the programme. For 2014, 140 clubs have registered to participate and it is expected that up to 7,000 boys and girls in Ireland will take part, generating 60,000 additional hours of activity.
For further information, visit http://mcdonaldsfuturefootball.fai.ie